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Scrub Club! NSF's site about washing hands is full of songs, games, and activities!  Emphasizes the six steps of properly washing and why it is so important. Kids enjoy the games and the "Webisode." This makes a good health filler in computer lab. In this time of Flu and Enterovirus D68, this site is a powerful tool against disease.

 

 

 

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Gall-Peters vs Mercator Two different projections of the world map.

One is much more accurate comparing sizes of islands and continents; the other is traditional, comfortable, and exaggerates the size of the northern (or "white") countries. Watch the video, then research this for your own edification. Going in Maps

 

Women Scientists of Antiquity This article appeared in the March 2017 issue of Discover magazine.
Credit for the article: Lacy Schley is listed as the author.
Since it can't be read online (paywall) unless you have a subscription (which we do), we will share it online here,
on our educational site. Or you can always buy the magazine, anywhere. "Marie Curie. Rosalind Franklin. Ada Lovelace.
Before these wonder women of modern science could make their marks, another group of females would leave their
own scientific legacies in great, ancient civilizations." Presenting the famous five:

2700 B.C.: Merit Ptah
The Egyptian physician was the first woman in medicine, and perhaps all of science, mentioned by name in texts.
Her son, a high priest, called her “the chief physician,” and her portrait appears in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

2300 B.C.: Enheduanna
A Sumerian woman appointed as high priestess of the moon goddess. Her prestigious religious title included duties
related to astronomy, such as establishing observatories and tracking the movements of the moon and stars.

1200 B.C.: Tapputi-Belatikallim
A Babylonian perfumer considered the world’s first chemist and first mentioned in cuneiform tablets.
“Belatikallim” is a title suggesting she might have been a high-ranking scientist.

Third century B.C.: Agnodike
Grecian law at the time forbade women from studying or practicing medicine — punishable by death.
So Agnodike dressed as a man to learn the trade. She established a reputation as an expert
in women’s diseases before revealing herself, which helped overturn the law.

First century A.D.: Miriam the Jewess
This alchemist lived in Alexandria and is perhaps the first female scientist to have her work preserved in any form.
Descriptions of her designs for alchemical and chemical equipment were included in Egyptian encyclopedias
compiled in the third century A.D.

Going in Ancient History & Archaeology and in Women's History

 

 

Incredible Video Shows Onlookers Fleeing As Mount Etna Explodes Into Life
-from IFLS

Going in Volcanoes

 

 

 

Dromaeosaurid Hunting Behaviour Illustration by Luis Rey

Going in Dinos & Paleo

 

 

World's First Fluorescent Frog Discovered In The Amazon
It glows in the dark when it's under a black light!
Maybe all the Amazon tree frogs can do this! Move over, scorpions! Going in Animals
glowing tree frog

 

 

Jellyfish stings A very informative video animation on jellyfish stings.
Includes advice on how to treat ordinary stings.
Going in Animals and in Life Skills

 

 

This is the Most Detailed Map of the Universe to Date This map of the universe spans more than 500 million light-years and contains more than 100,000 galaxies. 4:11 video is narrated and talks about the different high points on the journey. The graphics are cool and make others drool. Going in Astronomy

 

 

 

Twelve Famous Female Chemists "March 8 is International Women's Day.
This graphic takes a look at a selection of women who have been pioneers
in the history of chemistry!" The links here lead to a much larger version
of the graphic shown here (like 1984 X 1203 pixels).

Going in Women's History

 

 

Alessondra's OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam Is back, with streaming video and millions of viewers! This is neat! A Great Horned Owl nest in a planter box outside a second story window! Very popular, the camera is right there but the owls don't seem to mind. Young Alessondra is always a hoot (oops). Still in Animal Cams

 

How One Brilliant Woman Mapped the Secrets of the Ocean Floor "This 4:39 video tells the story of a female geologist, Marie Tharp, whose groundbreaking work in mapmaking helped bring the theory of continental drift into the mainstream. Her ideas (which a male colleague initially dismissed as “girl talk,” 2:34) have helped shape what we know about Earth and its geologic history." She noticed her topographical maps of the ocean floor matched up with a colleague's earthquake charts. This was the "smoking gun". It took until 1970 for all the scientists to admit she was right and continental drift was real! Going in Earth Science and Womens History

 

Watch Paper Ships and Vikings Set Sail on a Stop Motion Adventure 4:00 NatGeo video "You might find yourself in similar territory watching this intricate short, which tells the story of a boy learning the Viking method for building a ship, then setting sail on an ocean voyage. Our animators brought this ancient world to life using only paper! (Want more? Click here to watch their paper history of London.) " Detailed description of how to build a Long Ship. Going in History.

 

Nancy Wake There are quite a few videos about this WW II heroine. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, worked as a reporter in Paris, hated Nazis, became a fighter in the Resistance, then a British secret agent. She was awesome but modest. "I raced up the back stairs, threw open the door, threw in a grenade, and ran like hell." Farewell to the White Mouse Going in Women's History.

 

TECH/Prep is a Facebook-led initiative, supported by McKinsey & Company, to promote computer science and programming as a career option and to provide resources to get started. Average annual starting salary for a programmer in the US is $62,000. That’s $8,000 higher than the annual median US household income. There are half a million (500,000) unfilled programming and coding jobs in the USA right now! By 2020 there will a MILLION jobs open and unfilled!
So, how do you get in on this? Start by going over the contents of this site. The site has three sections:

  • Learn About Programming: In this section, you can start learning about the basics of computer programming and find tools to begin programming.
  • Start Programming: This is in two sections, one for parents/supporters and one for the learners. The interactive menu guides you.
  • Parents and Supporters: P&S has three sections:
  • Links to all sorts of support and learning sites are included.

     

     

    "It's a Bit Slippery" A short video from Wales of a three-year-old girl delivering a lamb (under Mum's supervision).
    The hallmark exclamation is heard at 1:35. The little girl is quite proud of herself and very happy that the new
    lamb is a girl! There was a time when most people lived on farms, and nearly everyone got mentored in birthing.
    "A girl! Yay!" Going in Animals and in Life Skills (because you never know.)

     

     

     

     

    Going in Intermediate Math

    What's wrong with Fr. Dougal's reasoning?

     

    3D Animated Version Of Solomon’s Temple, In Accordance With Biblical Figures Very viewable. Pretty good video. This was likely the standard temple design that Phoenician contractors put up for temple customers. Customized add-ons like the giant bath bowls were extra. It came with butresses, too. (The added-on buildings on each side.) An ancient form of quake-proofing. Sounds like Hiram of Tyre built them to last.
    (Said King Solomon to the contractor: "You Hiram?" "Yep. And I fire 'em!")
    Going in Ancient History and Archaeology

     

     

     

    This Is How The Different Armies Approached Trench Warfare In The First World War by Andrew Knighton, as published in War History Online on FB. Godd analysis of this subjects. The British Empire, France, and Germany all had different views on depending on war plans and how they meant to fight the war. The Germans had the most organized and well built trenches, up to three layers of deep. They meant to dig in and wait until Russia gave up, and all the German divisions out East could come west to help them. British trenches were poorly made and not supposed to last long. British troops were supposed to be attacking all the time. French trenches were somewhere in between, depending on the battle ground situation. Lots of good photos. Going in History > WW I

     

     

    Largest Batch of Earth-size, Habitable Zone Planets From the NASA site comes all the graphics, all the information, and all the wonder of the seven planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system. It's around 40 light years away, about 10 times the distance from here to Proxima Centauri, so NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes are the best there is for a while! Enjoy the wonderful graphics! A little English lesson: What does TRAPPIST mean? What's an acronym?
    Going in Astronomy

     

     

     

     

     

    Doolittle Raid Over Tokyo (Newsreel). A WWII B&W film made into a 9:37 video. This is what the people of America saw at the movies in 1942. This brings home the way people felt back then, that we were in a serious and deadly war. Going in History > Doolittle Raid

     

    The Acropolis of Athens A 3-D tour, a 6:27 video. "A brief history of the Athenian Acropolis from 3500BC-2010AD, through 3d representations. Many of the dates shown are always open to debate." See buildings rise and fall from the Bronze Age to 2010. Part of a larger site, Ancient Athens 3D, that covers the same time period in greater detail. Going in Ancient History and Archaeology

     

     

    GREECE - ancient art wasn't black & white All those white statues! Guess what? When they were new, they were brightly colored! 2,000+ years out in the weather scrubbed off the paint. Scientists have found traces of color, though. Now you can see computer art of statues in all their original glory! This 7:30 video is a survey of some of the best known sculptures. Going in Art and in Ancient History

     

     

     

    This is what happens when you write a check from Bankrate.com

     

    Read this article and follow your check as it winds through the bowels of our financial system. Going in Life Skills and Money

     

     

    Giant winged Transylvanian predators could have eaten dinosaurs "Welcome to the Cretaceous Romanian island of Hateg, once populated by lifeforms stranger than anything imagined by Lovecraft or Giger." Meet the azhdarchids, giant pterosaur predators of the Cretaceous. "Pterosaurs were an incredibly successful group, thriving globally for 170 million years." The article also compares the four types of fliers: insects, pterosaurs, birds, and bats. Going in Dinos & Paleo

    "A giraffe and human provide scale for the pterosaurs Arambourgiania (centre) and Hatzegopteryx (right)."

     

     

    The True Story of "Hidden Figures," the Forgotten Women Who Helped Win the Space Race Includes a preview of the movie. This Smithsonian article says it all. "A new book and movie document the accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battles" They battled race discrimination as well as the social mores of the 1950s. Women who got married were supposed to quit their jobs and raise kids. Blacks could not find places to live and had separate bathrooms and lunch tables. This is a well-written article and covers a lot of ground. Young people need to know about this. Going in Civil Rights and in Women's History

     

     

    A brief history of numerical systems - Alessandra King
    This is a five minute animated Youtube video, a TED-Ed Original lesson, part of the Math in Real Life series.
    "Let’s Begin…
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9... and 0. With just these ten symbols, we can write any rational number imaginable. But why these particular symbols? Why ten of them? And why do we arrange them the way we do? Alessandra King gives a brief history of numerical systems."
    Going in History and in Secondary Math

     

     

    Going in Civil Rights and in Women's History

     

     

    Skrat actually lived! Scientific name Cronopio dentiacutus, it was a member of the extinct superorder Dryolestoidea,
    who were ancestors of marsupials and placental mammals. Skrat lived 100 million years ago (MYA).
    Read this Ars Technica article to learn more.

    Skrat

    Going in Dinos & Paleo

     

     

    Going in Dinos & Paleo

     

     

    S5 0014+81, The largest known supermassive black hole compared to our solar system

    Click the link above for the video of this monster black hole, click the photo (left) to see it full-sized!

    Going in Astronomy, duh! :)

     

     

    Bessie Coleman She came up from a sharecropper family in Texas. She was of African-American and Cherokee ancestry.
    She pulled herself up by her own hard work to become the first woman of African American descent, and the first of Native American descent,
    to hold a pilot license. Bessie was not allowed to earn a pilot's license in America because she was not white and she was a woman.
    She had to go to France to learn to fly, at a famous French flying school. She was the first black female in the world to be a licensed pilot.
    Read the links below to learn more about her, her dreams, and her tragic death.

    http://womenshistory.about.com/od/aviationpilots/a/bessie_coleman.htm
    http://www.bessiecoleman.com/
    http://www.biography.com/people/bessie-coleman-36928
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessie_Coleman

    Going in Civil Rights and Women's History

     

     

    World War II: Crash Course World History #38 13:12 YouTube video covers World War Two. Causes, countries on each side, and dates. Fast but accurate discussions of major battles and campaigns. Garish map colors, film clips, music, sound effects try to keep students interested. Worth watching as it covers all the main points. Another, similar video from the same people, World War II, A War for Resources: Crash Course World History #220, talks about World War II as a war for food. Going in History

     

     

    Click on this photo to see the giant-sized original!

    Donald Trump Caterpillar Youtube title = "We Found A Rainforest Caterpillar That Looks Like Donald Trump - Nature's Disguises Part 1" This great 5:20 video is full of facts about mimicry in nature - such as the toxic caterpillar that mimics the President's hair! Toxic (poison) animals often wear bright and loud colors to warn predators away. Non-poisonous and harmless caterpillars, butterflies, and snakes can benefit by imitating their toxic relatives. Going in Animals

     

     

    Early Cats Traveled with Vikings and Farmers

    Going in Animals

    "According to Nature, the new research finds that the second wave of cat population expansion took place thousands of years after the first, from the fourth century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Mitochondrial DNA from Egyptian cats was found as far away as northern Germany at a Viking site dating to between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1000, Geigl told Nature. These seafaring sorts probably kept cats on their ships to discourage mice and rats, she said."

     

     

    Here's what to do if you fall into frozen water How to survive a fall through frozen ice.
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    Two minute video covers what you must do to stay alive. To which we would add - NEVER go out on ice alone!
    And, always have some sort of safety gear. From Tech Insider with help from Minnesota DNR
    Minnesota DNR has a humongous section of their web presence devoted to ice safety.
    Going in Life Skills

     

    Vaccines Work, Here Are the Facts This is an infographic page, it's in comic strip form, it's readable and well-written. It covers all the facts about how vaccines work, the "arms race" between vaccines and viruses, and why there was a panic about autism (This was a hoax, a deliberate lie.) This strip gives the facts about the different lies that are spread by conspiracy theory anti-vaccination people. As you read down the page, you discover facts about anti-vaxers as well. The concept of "herd immunity" is well explained. The result of foolish people not vaccinating their children is a decrease in herd immunity, and therefore more "old-time" diseases are coming back! "Like diseases, fear and misinformation spread easily to those who aren't vaccinated against them." So read this page and "get vaccinated"!
    Going in Health, Homeschool, Life Skills, and in Teachers and Parents

     

     

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